Maritime Patrol Aircraft Replacement
Phase 2B of Project AIR 7000 will acquire a manned Maritime Patrol Aircraft system capable of performing maritime patrol and response tasks.
Phase 2B is being driven by the life-of-type of the AP-3C. The life-of-type for the AP-3C is determined by the increasing cost of addressing airframe fatigue and corrosion, aircraft system supportability and mission system obsolescence.
The airframe and aircraft systems, including engines, hydraulics, electrical and fuel systems will become more costly to support as the aircraft ages.
AIR 7000 Phase 2B gained first pass approval on 16 June 2007 to acquire a fleet of eight Poseidon P-8A aircraft through Government to Government program with the USN.